Allenstown - Albert C. "Zip" Hamel, 82, a lifelong Allenstown resident, died at home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
He was born Aug. 4, 1930, in Suncook, the son of Henry and Ida (Auger) Hamel.
He had worked at the China Mills, Fowler Grain of Suncook, Whittemore Grain in Concord and the Pembroke Water Works. Before his retirement, Zip had been employed by wastewater treatment plants in both Allenstown and Hooksett, and after his retirement he spent time with the maintenance department of the Allenstown School District.
Mr. Hamel had served as a sewer commissioner for the Town of Allenstown. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Routhier Council No. 4666 and the Ste. Therese Rosebush Society.
Zip was first and foremost a family man, but also enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rita (Brasley) Hamel of Allenstown; four children, Helene Hicks and her husband, Ronald, of Vine Grove, Ky., Dennis Hamel and David Hamel, both of Allenstown, and Heidi Hamel of Hopkinton; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Hamel of Allenstown; two sisters, Jeannette Brasley and her husband, Roland, of Pembroke, and Claire Bisson of Franklin; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two siblings, Henry Hamel Jr. and Margaret Desrochers.
services: There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown, followed by a reception in the parish hall. Spring burial will take place in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire, 1850 Elm St., Manchester 03104 or St. John the Baptist Church, 10 School St., Allenstown 03275.
The Petit Funeral Home of Pembroke is assisting with arrangements and offers an online guestbook at petitfuneralhome.com